of Laguna Woods Village
The Aquadettes are an extraordinary group of senior women who perform synchronized swimming routines. From Laguna Woods, California, these women work year-round and train three times a week to put on an Annual Water Show. The Aquadettes have appeared on TV in commercials, on CNN, the Today Show, the NBC Nightly News, Inside Edition and others. They have been in magazine and newspaper articles throughout the world and were also featured in a full color National Geographic Magazine article exploring current research on aging.
The purpose of the Aquadettes is to encourage senior women to get off the couch, to not be alone, and to join a social group that stimulates your mind and moves your body! They believe that it not only improves the quality of your life, but extends your life. The typical Aquadette loves the water, the challenge and the friendships; and most have no prior experience with synchronized swimming. Once they try it, they find they really can do it and they are thrilled to do something they thought they could never do! Almost all members have arthritis, some joint replacements (knees, hips, shoulders), rods and screws in various parts of their bodies, and serious back problems. They find the water healing and certainly a pain-free environment with no gravity! The members have often used this exercise as part of their rehabilitation and recovery from everything from heart surgery to brain surgery. They believe it not only improves the quality of their lives, but are living proof that it extends their lives as well.
This year, their 53rd year, their 2017 Aqua Follies Water Show will be held at Clubhouse 1 Pool 1 in Laguna Woods Village (24232 Calle Aragon). It is scheduled for 3 nights beginning Thursday, August 24th through Saturday, August 26th. Each night is a 300-seat, 60-minute show and is open to the public who can display their ticket(s) as a gate pass. The show this year features women ranging in age from 63 to 84, performing a rigorous swimming musical revue to an eclectic mix of music from popular hits to a patriotic finale; which is completely produced by these swimmers; including choreography, costumes, music, staging and lighting. The cost of admission is $7.00. The pool gates open at 7 pm and the show starts at 8 pm. It's open seating, so come early and bring a jacket (it gets chilly). For group seating or more information, please call (949) 246-6593.
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